Hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since Parks & Recreation first premiered on TV.
Fans were treated to a cast reunion for a PaleyFest panel, where they reminisced and shared some behind-the-scenes stories with host and Parks and Rec superfan Patton Oswalt.
The show’s creator Mike Schur, and series stars Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Retta, and Jim O’Heir gathered together once again – this time on stage at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Thursday (March 21) night, where they dished about some interesting tidbits from the show’s seven-season run.
The show has spawned catchphrases and terminologies that’s become part of everyday vocabulary – like “Treat Yo’ Self” “Galentine’s Day,” and the “Swanson Pyramid of Greatness.”
But someone isn’t exactly crazy about seeing hers everywhere. “Try walking into Target and seeing ‘Treat Yo’ Self’ everywhere!” Retta, who played Donna Meagle, the character who originated the inspiring slogan, laughingly said. “It’s obnoxious.”
They also revealed that some of the show’s most iconic lines were actually adlibs from improvised takes – like Chris Traeger’s “Stop. Pooping.” and Andy’s brilliant “network connectivity problems.”
Speaking of Andy, Chris Pratt may have predicted his own success in show business. Years before landing roles in huge blockbuster films, Chris filmed some behind-the-scenes content for NBC. “Which is to say, everyone else was asked and said no,” he joked.
At the time, he did an improvised bit on-camera where he pretended to receive a text from “Steven Spielberg.”
“I’ll have to get back to you about Jurassic Park 4,” Chris mock-texts Steven back in the clip. Years later, he would land the lead in Jurassic World — the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise.
And as for the question every fan is asking – what about a reunion or revival?
Mike admits that “nothing is ever gone” in today’s reboot-heavy culture, but, in order to make such a reunion happen, he did note that “we would all have to feel like there was a story that needed to be told.”
“The show was about the power of public service and doing good with a team. I don’t think we left anything on the table.”